“Monumental.” That’s how radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is describing Attorney General William Barr’s statement that he believes the Obama administration was “spying” on the 2016 Trump campaign.
“I honestly don’t think that what has happened today has sunk in yet,” Limbaugh said Wednesday on his national broadcast. “For over two years the entire reason for the existence of CNN and the New York Times and all the rest of these media people was to propel, to amplify, to solidify the idea that Trump colluded with Russia and is therefore an illegitimate president and maybe a traitor, for two years. And they did it with certitude.
“They did it with smiles on their faces and every guest they brought in and every panel they assembled had the same premise, had the same belief. They pummeled it. They pummeled people over the head with it. They didn’t let people breathe. Every time anybody looked at CNN, that’s all they saw. If you read the New York Times, that’s all you saw. If you watched MSNBC, that’s all you saw,” he explained.
“For over two years, when you glanced at CNN, if you were in an airport and you were walking to gates, changing gates, walking to your plane, whatever, you look and you see CNN, you’re gonna see ‘Trump-Russia collusion.’ You’re gonna conclude that it happened. You know there’s a report going on. There’s an investigation. We’re waiting on the truth. We’re waiting on the evidence to be produced, for two years.
“And everybody on CNN’s face is gleeful, and they’re smiling, and they are affectively patting each other on the back after every report. And they are high-fiving, theoretically, every guest and every panel. And they are acting as though they are assured, they are certain that they are going to get this president, that he is toast, he is as good as gone, for two years every day, all day.”
He said the “deluge” of diatribe was constant, without let-up.
Then “the bottom literally drops out,” when the report from special counsel Robert Mueller reveals no collusion.
“The floor, the foundation on which they have built their professional existence drops out from underneath them. They’ve got no ripcord. They are plunging into an abyss. Virtually everything they have staked their professional reputations on has been snatched away from ’em,” Limbaugh described.
But that wasn’t even the worst, for them.
“They’re hit today with the reality that everything they were complicit in is on the verge of being exposed. That all of those handshakes and all of those backslaps and all of those high fives and all those smirks and all those smiles of confidence that we’re gonna get Trump, they’re gone, folks.
“Remember, we’re talking a level of arrogance here, these people never thought they weren’t going to get away with it. They never thought it wasn’t gonna work. Just need Mueller to come through. Just need all of those anti-Trump investigators on Mueller’s team to come through.”
Barr’s confirmation he’s looking into the actions of the intel community under Obama – and against Trump – sent a shock wave, he said.
“The turnaround here, the flip, the 180, the standing everything upside down on its head, they are in a state of shock. … Today you can see this blank, stunned disbelief, depression, despondency, disappointment on their faces.”
He continued, “I’m taking this time because I want everybody to take whatever time you have just to stop and realize how big it is, how monumental it is.”
He predicted Democrats now will have to come up with “new Trump scandals, scandals that you haven’t heard of,” because their battle plan of “getting rid of Trump” continues.
“But this, what Barr said today, the importance of this and the symbolism of it has not hit people yet. What Barr said today is going to happen, doesn’t happen. Oh, yeah, we have inspectors general running around making sure that individual cabinet departments, agencies and so forth are clean. But we don’t have, we don’t get what William Barr said is going to happen today.
“When’s the last time you can think of the Department of Justice investigating the FBI? Can’t think of it. Oh, there might have been some times in the immediate post-J. Edgar Hoover era, but nothing like what this could be. The tables do not get turned on the administrative state like this. And don’t forget where this is ultimately pointed. Barack Obama and his presidency is where this is pointed.”
Barr actually stunned a Senate hearing room into total silence when he said, “I think spying did occur.”
.@SenatorShaheen asks Barr about reports he’s launched an investigation into officials who investigated Trump
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he says, echoing baseless right-win conspiracy theories. “I think spying did occur.”
Shaheen is left speechless pic.twitter.com/G1fcAF2Irh
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 10, 2019
He said an investigation into what the previous administration’s appointees did is as important as keeping foreign influence out of elections.
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal, a big deal,” he said.
Challenged to say that no, nothing really happened, he shocked listeners, “I don’t … well … I guess you could … I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur.”